October 19, 2010

Denim Bridges hunted up...

But after "Macbeth"... what's happened to Denim Bridges? 

"Denny Bridges hails from England and has played guitar for more bands than you could shake a stick at", states some  Web pages with rare informations about him (https://www.reverbnation.com/thebevans or https://myspace.com/bevansband  or http://thebevans.weebly.com/).

"A veteran in the industry, Denny toured Europe playing guitar with The Third Ear Band for 3 years, the highlight being in 1973 a nomination for a BAFTA award for the filmscore "Music From Macbeth".
With a developing interest in recording Denny turned his attention to record producing under the tutelage of Beatles’ producer George Martin. Working with Mr. Martin in London and on the island of Montserrat, Bridges garnered credits with acts as varied and notorious as Carly Simon, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, Annie Lennox, E.L.O. & Brian Eno, just to name a few. Relocating to the States in the late 80’s, Denny continues to tour and produce from his studio in NYC".
In the last years, also working as engineer for the East Coast Recording Company (a recording studio located in Warminster, Pennsylvania - http://ecrstudio.com/), Bridges formed a duo with the singer Fiona Frensche (http://www.myspace.com/fionafrenschepop): "Frensche invited Bridges to play guitar for a cruise ship engagement and the musical duo Grande Tourismo was born", reveals another page  on Internet. "Presently the duo Fiona Frensche & Denny Bridges perform Pop, Jazz, Folk & Blues standards with Bossa Nova and European classics added for variety.
The duo is performing a Cabaret Revue of well known & loved songs made famous by French legends such as Piaf, Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt and Brigitte Bardot. 

Recently a Summer 2007 tour has been scheduled to include appearances at various Carnivals, Fairs & Festivals in the MD, NY, CT New England area. 
A repertoire of European favorites from the 30's, 40's and 50's as well as old vaudeville tunes are on the song list.  Keep an eye out for a barrel organ to lend a Montmartre  flavor to the eclectic mix of musical numbers one can hear from the trio of Merry Music Makers: FIONA FRENSCHE, DENNY BRIDGES, & PIERRE the dancing chihuahua". (!!!)

In these last years, the Grande Tourismo has played mainly in USA - Florida and NYC - and recorded some albums, the last one titled "Oooh-la-la!" .

It's quite surprising to realize he's the same electric guitarist played with the Thirds in the Seventies... isn't it so?

[Note for all TEB lovers: you can ask to Bridges to produce a record with all the original Balahm recordings writing to him at the address:
Denny Bridges - 93220 First Street
Pinellas Park, FL 33782
tel.: (201) 532-2603
e-mail: dxbden@yahoo.com]

                                                     edited by Luca Ferrari

Tempest - "Tempest" (Island 1973) engineer 
Electric Light Orchestra - "ELO 2" (Harvest 1973) engineer Brian Eno - "Here come the warm jets" (Editions EG 1973) mixing engineer
Malcolm & Alwyn - "Fool's wisdom" (Pye 1973) engineer 
Kiki Dee - "Loving and free" (The Rocket Company 1973) assistant engineer 
Jeff Beck - "Blow by Blow" (Epic 1974) engineer
Camel - "Mirage" (Deram 1974) engineer
Nova - "Blink" (Arista 1975) mixing engineer 
Fripp & Eno - "Evening star" (Editions EG 1975) engineer
The Movies - "The Movies" (Firefly 1975) engineer 
Plastic People - "Birth control"  (CBS 1975) mixing engineer
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - "The Penthouse tape" (Vertigo 1976) engineer 
Joe Cocker - "Live in L.A." (Cube Records) 1976 engineer
Sassafras - "Riding High" (Crysalis 1976) mixed by
David Dundas - "David Dundas" (Chrysalis 1977) engineer
Strawbs - "Deadlines" (Arista 1978) engineer
Rick Wakeman - "G'Olè. The official film of the 1982 World Cup" (Charisma 1983) (original soundtrack) assistant producer
Dashiell Rae - "Songs without words" (Coda 1986) engineer
Stackridge - "Mr. Mick" (Nippon Phonogram 1996)  engineer
Annie Haslam - "Live under Brazilian skies" (Transatkantic 1999) producer & engineer
Annie Haslam - "Woman transcending" (White Dove Records 2006) engineer

no©2010 Luca Ferrari

(UPDATED July 17th, 2015)

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